Trial Advocacy Scholarship

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Trial Advocacy Scholarship 

The 2014 Scholarship Application Deadline Has Passed.

This scholarship is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second or third-year of law school. A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded to the applicant who best:

1.    Demonstrates a commitment to AAJ and dedication to its mission through extensive
       involvement in AAJ student chapter activities;
2.    Expresses a desire to represent victims;
3.    Exhibits an interest and proficiency of skills in trial advocacy;
4.    Shows a financial need for the scholarship.

Applications must include the following:

•    A resumé
•    A statement of financial need
•    A 500-word essay on how you meet the criteria
•   Up to three (3) recommendations from a faculty adviser, trial advocacy professor, dean, AAJ
     member, or trial lawyer; and
•    A completed form verifying your student status.

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Every applicant must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application deadline has passed.

Send applications to:

American Association for Justice
Attn: AAJ Trial Advocacy Scholarship
777 6th Street, NW
Suite 200 
Washington, DC 20001


The 2014 Trial Advocacy Scholarship was awarded to Matthew Holmes of Syracuse University College of Law.

Mr. Holmes was raised in a small town in northern Wisconsin.  He received his bachelors of arts in Political Science from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  While at Carthage Mr. Holmes developed an interest in law school and trial advocacy as a member of the Mock Trial team, where he won multiple top-attorney and best-advocate awards.

Upon graduating from Carthage, Mr. Holmes decided to attend Syracuse University College of Law because he learned that the College of Law’s trial advocacy program was one of the best in the nation.  During his second year at Syracuse, Mr. Holmes was one of the first second year students selected to be an arguing member on Syracuse’s national trial team.  In the fall he competed in the prestigious Tournament of Champions trial competition in Birmingham, Alabama.  In the spring he first competed in the regional National Trial Competition located in White Plains, New York.  Mr. Holmes’ team was ranked second throughout the entire competition until they narrowly lost in the final round.  After this competition, Mr. Holmes competed in the Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) hosted by The American Association for Justice (AAJ).  His team won the regional competition in Boston, Massachusetts and advanced all the way to the final round of the national competition in Santa Monica, California. 

During his final year of law school at Syracuse Mr. Holmes will continue to be an active member of the trial team, Syracuse’s Moot Court Honor Society, and will participate in the school’s criminal defense clinic, where Mr. Holmes will be able to represent individuals in Syracuse Criminal Court.  After law school Mr. Holmes plans on living and working in Rochester, Buffalo, or Syracuse, New York where he desires to represent victims of others' negligence. 

The American Association for Justice
777 6th Street, NW, Ste 200 • Washington, DC  20001 • 800.424.2725 or 202.965.3500

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